Foto: Formel E
Photo: Formula E

Powering on! The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship goes into its “Season Seven” with the official test drives this coming weekend. In Valencia (Spain) the twelve teams of the all-electric racing series meet after intensive further developments over the summer for the first location determination.

Including the works teams from Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The test is changed into as soon as is new: While the external shape of the second period of Formula E vehicles remains identical, the four German manufacturers are each bringing new drive trains to the originals under the hood. The teams have also repositioned themselves in terms of their driver squad – even if Mercedes-Benz confirms this rule as an exception.

With the first in-house development of a drive train, Audi goes into the season 2020/2021. The Audi e-tron FE 07 brings the new motor-generator unit MGU 05 With. Before that, the Ingolstadt-based company had continuously developed a drive train together with technology partner Schaeffler. For the “Season Seven”, the engineers began on the proverbial white sheet of paper. In addition to Lucas di Grassi (ITA), René Rast (GER), the three-time DTM champion, is entering the races for Audi for the first time for a full Formula E season.

Like Audi, BMW and Porsche are bringing further developed powertrains to the origins of Formula E – and new drivers. In addition to Maximilian Günther (GER), Jake Dennis (GBR) complements the BMW crew who work for the iFE. 21 relies on an optimized electric motor and a revised inverter on the originate. Porsche’s powertrain of the 64 X Electrical is also enjoying an update . The well-known face of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer is André Lotterer (GER), the new member of the crew is Pascal Wehrlein (GER).

Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, relies on the proven driver line-up from Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) and Nyck de Vries (NED). In addition to minor changes to the design on the hood, there is also the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 updated in terms of the drive train – the main field of activity of the engineers within the standard chassis of the second period.

Tight program: five sessions in three test days and lots of media appointments

The teams can expect a packed agenda in Valencia. Five test sessions are available from Saturday, 28. November to Tuesday, December 1st on the agenda – only on Mondays there will be no wheels on the track. It is not only important to work on the environmental-up in free sessions, but also to determine your position in racing and qualifying simulations before the season 2020 / 2021. For the first time in Valencia, the notorious temporary chicane is no longer available. Instead, Formula E relies on sensors that monitor compliance with the “monitor limits”.


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